The album was recorded mostly at several studios in California with producers such as Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, Scoop DeVille, Jack Splash and T-Minus, among others. Billed as a "short film by Kendrick Lamar" on the album cover, the concept album follows the story of Lamar's teenage experiences in the drug-infested streets and gang lifestyle of his native Compton, California. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its thematic scope and Lamar's lyrics. Good Kid M.A.A.D City earned Lamar four Grammy Award nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.
Life Is Good features personal subject matter, themes of adulthood and nostalgia, and reflections on Nas' personal life and experience in hip hop. His rapping is characterized by a relaxed, plainspoken flow, internal rhymes, and a tone that veers from malicious to nostalgic and introspective. The album's production incorporates orchestral elements and musical references to both contemporary and golden age hip hop, including boom bap beats and old school samples.
Habits & Contradictions is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Schoolboy Q, released January 14, 2012, exclusively on iTunes, under Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Jhené Aiko, Dom Kennedy, Currensy, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock. The album's production was handled by American producers The Alchemist, Lex Luger, Mike Will Made It, Best Kept Secret and ASAP Ty Beats, as well as members of Top Dawg in-house production team Digi+Phonics.
Live from the Underground is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist and a record producer Big K.R.I.T.. It was released on June 5, 2012, by his record label Cinematic Music Group, distributed by Def Jam Recordings. As one of the executive producers on the album, Big K.R.I.T. did the production work for the entirety of this project. The album was supported by four singles: "Money on the Floor" featuring 8Ball & MJG and 2 Chainz, "I Got This", "Yeah Dat's Me", and "What U Mean" featuring Ludacris.
Rich Forever is the third mixtape by American rapper Rick Ross. It was released on January 6, 2012. It became one of the most downloaded hip hop mixtapes of all time. The mixtape spawned one commercial single, "Stay Schemin'" and features guest appearances from Diddy, 2 Chainz, Wale, John Legend, Nas, Kelly Rowland, Styles P, Birdman, Meek Mill, French Montana, Pharrell, Future, Stalley and Drake.
Control System is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Ab-Soul, released on May 11, 2012, via Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kendrick Lamar, JaVonte, Punch, Ashtrobot and vocals from the late Alori Joh. The album's production was handled by Digi+Phonics, King Blue, Nez & Rio, Skhye Hutch, Curtiss King, Aahyasis and Tommy Black.
The Final Adventure is the fifth collaboration album by Murs and 9th Wonder. It was released on November 13, 2012, on Jamla Records. The album features only one guest appearance by Rapsody.
Welcome to: Our House (stylized as welcome to: OUR HOUSE) is the second studio album and major label debut by hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, consisting of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5'9". The album was released on August 28, 2012 via Shady Records and Interscope Records.
R.A.P. Music is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Killer Mike. It was released on May 15, 2012, via Williams Street Records. The word R.A.P. in the album's title is an acronym for Rebellious African People. The album's production was handled entirely by Brooklyn-based hip-hop producer El-P, and is the first collaborative project by Killer Mike and El-P.
The Heist is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released on October 9, 2012, by Macklemore LLC, distributed under the Alternative Distribution Alliance. The album was independently self-produced, self-recorded and self-released by the duo, with no mainstream promotion or support. After the album's release, the duo hired Warner Music Group's radio promotion department to help the push with their singles for a small percentage of the sales.
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 is the fourth studio album by American rapper Lupe Fiasco, released on September 25, 2012. Production for the album took place between 2009 and 2012. The album was intended to be released in June 2009, but was postponed due to the Lasers album. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 features production by The Audibles, 1500 or Nothin', B-Side, DJ Simonsayz, The Runners, and long-time collaborator Soundtrakk, among others. Bilal, Poo Bear, Guy Sebastian, Casey Benjamin, Jason Evigan, and Jane $$$ contribute vocals to the album.
The Stoned Immaculate is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Currensy. It was released through Warner Bros. Records on June 5, 2012. This release was his first "major" release through Warner Bros. The album features guest appearances from Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, Estelle, 2 Chainz, Wale, Marsha Ambrosius, Daz Dillinger, Big K.R.I.T., Fiend, Corner Boy P, Young Roddy, Trademark Da Skydiver, and Smoke DZA.
1999 is the debut mixtape by American independent hip hop artist Joey Bada$$. It was released on June 12, 2012. It features production by Chuck Strangers, Lewis Parker, Lord Finesse, MF Doom and J Dilla, among others. The mixtape also features guest appearances from members of Pro Era, a hip hop collective of which Joey Badass is a member. The mixtape is based heavily around musical samples. Music videos have been released for "Hardknock", "Survival Tactics", "FromdaTomb$" and "Waves".
God Forgives, I Don't is the fifth studio album by American rapper Rick Ross, released on July 30, 2012, by Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide Records and Def Jam Recordings. It was produced by several record producers, including Cool & Dre, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Pharrell, Jake One, and Rico Love, among others.
Taylor Allderdice is the tenth mixtape by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, It was released on March 13, 2012. The name of the 17-track mixtape is the same as the high school that Wiz Khalifa attended.
The Idea of Beautiful is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Rapsody, released on August 28, 2012, by independent record label Jamla. The album was released after the critical acclaim of her mixtapes Return of the B-Girl (2010), Thank H.E.R. Now (2011), For Everything (2011) and her EP The Black Mamba (2012). The production on the album was handled by the members of The Soul Council (9th Wonder, Khrysis, E. Jones, AMP, Eric G. and Ka$h).
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, who performs as Kendrick Lamar, was born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. After writing stories as a child, he put to music some lyrics about the rough Compton streets he grew up on. He rapped under the name K-Dot, releasing a series of increasingly popular mix tapes, which brought him to the attention of hip-hop super-producer Dr. Dre. Lamar's debut major-label recording, good kid, m.A.A.d City, was released to great acclaim and impressive sales for an up-and-coming recording artist. He continued to receive an array of accolades for his 2015 Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8, 1977. He left college to pursue a musical career, producing tracks for Jay-Z while polishing his demo. He released The College Dropout in 2004. It sold 2.6 million copies and won Best Rap Album. His follow-up releases have been equally successful and West has become a celebrity famous for his outrageous and entertaining statements
Famed hip-hop artist Drake was born to a mixed-race couple in Canada in 1986, and raised Jewish. He came to fame playing wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks in seven seasons of the popular teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2006, Drake began circulating mixtapes of his raps, and signed a record deal in 2009. His hit songs include "Every Girl," "Best I Ever Had," "Money to Blow" and "Take Care."
Producer and MC J. Cole was the first artist signed to Jay-Zs Roc Nation label. Born in Germany but raised in North Carolina. After waiting outside Jay-Z's office, he eventually was able to give him his demo. This lead to a chance to contribute to Jay-Zs 2009 effort The Blueprint 3. That same year he released the mixtape The Warm Up, while 2010 saw the appearance of the Friday Night Lights mixtape, with Cole handling most of the production. In 2011, Roc Nation released his official debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. The title of his 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was the address of Cole's childhood home in North Carolina.
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future, is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family collective, where he was nicknamed "the Future". After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major record label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future's own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently released his debut album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. His second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, where it surpassed his debut on the album charts.
Born Shawn Corey Carter in New York City on December 4, 1969, Jay Z grew up in Brooklyn's drug-infested Marcy Projects. He used rap as an escape, appearing for the first time on Yo! MTV Raps in 1989. After selling millions of records with his Roc-a-Fella label, Jay Z created his own clothing line and founded an entertainment company. He wed popular singer and actress Beyoncé in 2008.
Sorry to Bother You is the sixth album by political hip hop group The Coup, which was released on October 30, 2012, on ANTI-. It's the group's first album where no samples are being used and all tracks are made by live instrumentation. It debuted at #194 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 2000 copies in the first week. At Metacritic it received an average score of 80, which indicates "generally favorable acclaim", based on 15 reviews. PopMatters named it the year's fifth best hip hop album in its year-end list and commented that it "just might stump The Powers That Be, to the point that even the “one-percent” will want to dance to it". Four tracks off the album have been released as official videos including first single The Magic Clap, Land Of 7 Billion Dances, The Guillotine and Your Parents' Cocaine.
Oxymoron is the third studio album by American rapper Schoolboy Q. The album was released on February 25, 2014, by Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records. Oxymoron was his first album released under a major record label to music retailers, whereas his previous albums were released independently to digital retailers only. The album's recording took place from June 2012 through 2013. Schoolboy Q enlisted collaborators such as Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Jay Rock, Tyler, The Creator and Kurupt, among others. The album's production was handled by high-profile record producers such as Boi-1da, The Alchemist, Mike Will Made It, Clams Casino, Nez & Rio, DJ Dahi and Pharrell, as well as others, including members of Top Dawg Entertainment's in-house production teams Digi+Phonics and THC.
Yeezus is the seventh studio album by American rapper Kanye West. It was released on June 18, 2013 by Def Jam Recordings. West gathered a number of artists and close collaborators for production on the album, including Mike Dean, Daft Punk, Noah Goldstein, Hudson Mohawke, Arca, Che Pope, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein and Travis Scott. Yeezus also features guest vocals from Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Assassin, King L, Charlie Wilson and Frank Ocean. Fifteen days before its release date, West enlisted the help of producer Rick Rubin to strip down the record's sound in favor of a more minimalist approach.
PRhyme is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo PRhyme, consisting of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier. The album was released on December 9, 2014, through their own record label PRhyme Records. The album features guest appearances from rappers Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller and soul singer Dwele. PRhyme features production by DJ Premier, as well as samples from psychedelic soul composer and producer Adrian Younge. The album was supported by the single "Courtesy".
A term refering to American paper currency. Cash. Can be used to discuss $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills. Used because most American bills have deceased former U.S. Presidents on the front.